Rothbourne Road wetland trial begins on a curious note

A tampered wetland near Stittsville is the subject of an ongoing court case between a property owner, a contractor and the local conservation authority.

The issue dates back to February 2012, when the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) received a tip that something was environmentally amiss with the property along Rothbourne Road near Highway 7. Continue reading


Fairwinds residents meet with city staff about traffic safety

(Photo via Fairwinds Community Association.)

On Friday morning ten residents from Fairwinds met with Councillor Shad Qadri, members of the Ottawa Police and staff from the city to talk about traffic safety concerns.

Councillor Qadri set this meeting up at our request and it was an excellent opportunity for all of us to share information and air some concerns.

A few things we learned: Continue reading


PHOTO: Ring the doorbell if you dare!

Cathy Hallessey sent along these photos of her front porch on Tempest Drive in Fairwinds.

“On Halloween night this creepy display comes to life with ghoulish vapors, eerie sounds, floating zombies and much more…by day it’s creepy but by Halloween night it’s absolutely HORRIFYING!”

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Abbott Street expected to be connected to Robert Grant by year’s end

Councillor Shad Qadri provided this update about construction on Abbott Street in his weekly email newsletter:

Construction has been underway to extent Abbott Street East at Iber Road eastward to connect with Robert Grant Avenue. The contractor for the road works in this area has advised that assuming weather conditions continue with reasonable temperatures and no snow, they currently anticipate paving works for Abbott, Robert Grant, and Fernbank to be complete by November 20th, 2015 however the new signals on Fernbank will not be activated until December 7th, 2015. Once the paving and road painting is completed it is anticipate the intersection will be open shortly after that time.

This new road connection will provide access to the new French Catholic High School, École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais which is anticipated to be opened in February 2016. This school will provide instruction to a large catchment of students in the Stittsville and Kanata communities.


PHOTO: Halloween spirit knows no limit

Pictured above is the spirited Freedom 55 fitness class at the Goulbourn Rec Centre.  Over 30 participants were all decked out for Halloween at today’s Friday class.  Instructor Patti Dalby is in the front row with the witch hat. The group works out together three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Jason Tudor-Roberts, the athletics program coordinator at the GRC, says that the group is important as both a fitness and social program for the participants.



NOTEBOOK: Free ice cream & more, 6279 Fernbank, museum needs space

Lois & Frima’s is giving away free ice cream on Saturday, October 31. It’s become an annual tradition to clear out their buckets of ice cream before going into hibernation for the winter .  They’re in the Ultrama Plaza at 1626 Stittsville Main Street, all the way in the back of the plaza. Continue reading


Five awesome Halloween displays in Stittsville

(We take Halloween pretty seriously in Stittsville don’t we! If you have a suggestion for this list or a great Halloween photo to share, please send it along to

1. Sunnyside at Fernbank (pictured above from 2014).  The entire front lawn is covered by ghouls, ghosts, monsters and zombies. This one belongs to the Prinzo family. Continue reading


Halloween safety tips from the Ottawa Police

(press release)

To help families have a safe trick-or-treating experience, the Ottawa Police offers you the following tips and tricks:

  • Make sure your children can be seen. Visibility is an important safety consideration. Flashlights with fresh batteries, glow sticks and reflective tape are must-haves on Halloween and will enable drivers to see kids as they go door to door.
  • Children should walk on the sidewalk and go to well lit homes on one side of the street; then cross safely at an intersection to visit homes on the other side of the street.
  • Ensure costumes are fitted.  Make sure your child’s Halloween costume is made of flame-resistant materials and is well fitted. Costumes that drag on the ground can pose a tripping hazard, which can be a serious danger if kids fall while crossing the street. Masks, hats and other accessories should also fit your child properly without inhibiting their vision. Halloween makeup is a safer option.
  • Always trick-or-treat in groups. Accompany your children when they go out trick-or-treating.  Older children may want to go with friends.  If so, plan a route and make them carry a fully charged cell phone in case they get separated from the group.
  • Check Halloween candy carefully. Treat your kids to a Halloween snack before they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they gather before you have a chance to inspect their loot bags. Teach your children never to eat treats that are in packages that have been opened, show pinholes or have other damage. And remember, avoid homemade treats or fruit unless they are from a family member or close friend.
  • Find help. Teach your children to find a police officer if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating.
  • Motorists: be aware of children on the streets.  With all the excitement some may forget to look both ways before crossing.  Drive carefully and slowly when on residential streets.

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Annual Pumpkin Parade tradition continues on November 1

(Above: Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.)

On November 1, Village Square Park will be home to what is becoming a familiar Stittsville tradition. Now in its third year, the Stittsville Pumpkin Parade continues to grow and has found a place in the community’s annual calendar.

Called a parade, it’s more of a show of Stittsville’s talent and spirit. Community members bring their jack o’lanterns to Village Square Park where they are filled with electric candles and put on display giving the park a beautiful and eerie feel. Continue reading


Kiwi Kraze closes Jackson Trails location

Kiwi Kraze in the Jackson Trails Mall has closed down. A sign on the door today directs customers to the Kanata Centrum location.

The frozen yogurt store was a favourite spot for local residents to grab a cold treat. They were a frequent supporter of community events and regularly hosted fundraising activities over the years, including for Tysen’s Mission.

The store opened in April 2014 and was a locally-owned franchise, run by the Swire family.

CLOSED sign on Kiwi Kraze. Photo via Facebook.
Photo via Facebook.


Stittsville Public School on alert after nearby police incident

(Above: Police vehicles parked at Fringewood Park. Reader photo.)

Stittsville Public School was on a precautionary alert for about four hours on Monday as police responded to an incident nearby on Lazy Nol Court in Fringewood.

Police placed the Granite Ridge school in a “Shelter in Place”  mode around  9:30am until early afternoon.  Doors to the school were locked and students were kept inside. Police also advised residents to avoid the area.

One media report called the incident a “standoff” between police and a man barricaded inside a home on Lazy Nol.

Ottawa Police told that the “Shelter in Place” was a precaution as officers checked on the safety and well being of a male on Lazy Nol.  Several police vehicles were seen parked near the street, and one resident reported seeing police with body shields and rifles.

The school board said that students remained safe and classroom instruction continued as normal.

The school sent out this update to parents early in the afternoon.

As a result of a police operation on Lazy Noll [sic] in Stittsville, we were advised to implement a procedure called Shelter In Place. This means: keep everyone indoors, close all exterior doors and windows, keep everyone away from exterior windows/doors and continue normal activities. All doors remained locked. Police were on site to assist.

We have resumed normal school routines. Regular end of the day procedures will continue. Bus students will take buses and students who walk home will follow their normal routines.

Special thank you to all staff, volunteers and students who did an amazing job keeping everyone safe and calm during the procedure.


Mad About Patchwork becomes a hub for local quilters

(Above: Pam Denesyk with some award winning quilts. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Brightly coloured bolts of fabric adorn the shelves in the loft that is the bricks and mortar location of Mad About Patchwork.

A look around the loft, located on Huntley just south Fallowfield Road, further reveals a studio for classes and workshops as well as samples of project ideas – everything from an upholstered patchwork bench to quilts to new-sew Halloween bunting.

The person behind it all is Mad About Patchwork founder and owner Pam Denesyk. Continue reading


Accordion bus trial run for route 262

Stittsville bus commuters may want to sit down for this news: OC Transpo is testing out a bigger bus on route 262.

Here’s a note from Shad Qadri’s weekly newsletter:

I would like to take this opportunity to advise you that starting on Thursday, October 22 and for the next two weeks, the 262 express bus that leaves from Fernbank and Liard at approximately 6:57 a.m. will be using a larger articulated bus.  This is to address overcrowding concerns that my office has received from several area users in relation to this specific route.

Articulated buses are very much in demand through the City routes by many public transit users. In order for a route to be considered for an articulated bus the route must meet and sustain ridership capacity.

For the next two weeks, OC Transpo Planning staff will be taking passenger counts on this trip regularly for the next two weeks. Once the data is collected and reviewed a decision will be made whether this particular run will continue to use the articulated bus or reverts back to a regular sized bus.

I invite you to continue to contact my office should you have further concerns. It is with your input that I can continue to work with OC Transpo on improving the service you receive going forward.


No funding for Stittsville public high school this year

Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals announced $41-million in funding on Friday afternoon for school construction projects in Ottawa, but nothing for a new public high school in Stittsville.

The Stittsville public high school project had been ranked #2 on the public board’s list of priorities for new construction or renovations.  It’s been on the board’s top ten list for years. Continue reading